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During the Sundays of Advent, we at FUMC share our resources with
those who have less.
The Missions Committee is organizing the collection of items to
include in Advent Gift Bags that will be given to the homeless
and less fortunate who have breakfast with us the last two
Sundays of each month during Community Breakfast.
Bring your Advent Gifts anytime during the month and place them
under the Christmas Tree in the Narthex. We ask that you
bring your gifts by Sunday, December 22.
Approximately 75 seniors came with their drivers to enjoy a
delicious turkey dinner cooked and served by about 20 volunteers.
Our oldest guest was 96;; our youngest was 16 months. Dorothy
Klishevich shared stories of great times in our church.
Don Lee and Joseph Silmaro provided musical interludes throughout
the afternoon. Our honored guests each took home a much
appreciated goodie bag with mementos of the day. This is one of
the outstanding events we have to care for our own members.
As noted in the November Visitor, our sanctuary pipe organ is
named in honor and memory of Ethel Sleeper Brett, our
longest-serving organist, who held that position for 50 years
(1929 – 1979). First in- stalled in 1927, our pipe organ was
manufactured by the Reuter Organ Company of Lawrence, Kansas. The
original instrument included 19 stops and 19 ranks of pipes.
November 25, 2013Analisa Johnson, SAM Communications Director
On Saturday, November 16th, SAM went “on the road” to Serna
Village for our first ever field trip/community
There was a wonderful turnout, both from the community and from
our current SAM families and a full morning of activities
starting with “Hear the Music, See the Art” hosted by the
Sacramento Philharmonic/Opera Two in Tune. We saw a lively
presentation by Julian Dixon, principal tuba player with the
Philharmonic. It was a hands on experience, exposing children to
musi- cal instruments that make up an orchestra, along with an
November 25, 2013Pat Peck, President, Board of Trustees
We celebrate the new roof over the entry between the patio
and Terrace Room. This will alleviate leakage problems that we
have encountered for several years. The cement deck above this
area has been redone to keep us dry.
We have seen many challenges through 2013. Thank you for your
support and reminders of what is needed.
November 25, 2013Glenn Tilton, Chair, Missions Committee
On November 12, we served over 100 for dinner and overnight with
the help of Dave Coburn and twelve Safe Ground Leaders. Thanks to
Pat Coleman, Bev Ireland and Gwen Tilton for their skills of
creating a flavorful dinner for them.
We have decided to discontinue this program for three
A labyrinth is an ancient tool for practicing deep, discerning
prayer. In walking the labyrinth, one begins at the
entrance and follows the winding path to the center. There
are different methods of discernment for the walk into the center
and the walk out. For instance, one might pray for
discernment on some particular issue in life on the way inward
and then pray for courage to move forward on the way out.
In walking the labyrinth, one cannot get lost, just as one cannot
get lost when focused on God and God’s abundant grace.
Well, according to the shopping calendar, the Christmas season is
definitely upon us. But did you know that the Christian
Christmas season doesn’t begin until Christmas Day and carries on
until Epiphany? That’s December 25th to January 6th—the
twelve days of Christmas, when God’s true love for us sent hope
and peace and light and love in the form of a baby.
Staging A Miracle will be hosting a our first SAMta’s Workshop on
December 14th. FUMC will be turned into a workshop where
children will be able to make Christmas gifts for their friends
and family, including a gift wrapping area.
More details will follow, including exact times and food
details. SAMta’s Workshop will follow the rehearsal for the
Children’s Christmas Pageant.
Join in a wonderful Advent Study, Follow the Star, beginning
Sunday, December 1st at 9:15 a.m. We will meet each Sunday
for five week – Decemeber 1, 8, 15, 22, and 29.
This will be a completely different study…not guilt trips, not
depressing visuals, and a vision that will inspire you whether
you have experienced the Advent season for 20 years or are
experiencing it for the first time.
All you will need is your Bible and if you don’t have that, we
Our themes will be Hope, Search, Follow, Believe, and Rejoice.